DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
Have you ever had a friend invite you to his current play; he/she is doing Shakespeare
at some little theatre? You donít really want to go but you owe him one. So one Saturday night you head to the theatre and pay your fifteen bucks (unless you are lucky enough to get ďcompedĒ). And after the play your buddy asks what you thought. You are polite with your response and say you enjoyed the show. Well, f*ck that! This is what I felt watching this atrocious film, "I don't like your stinking play dude!"
took his stage version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
and decided to make a movie. He adapted the screenplay directly from the novella and directed himself. Frankly he is not a bad actor; heís actually quite good in the dual role. But the transition from stage to screen was sinful. From characters standing around in front of painfully bad set designs to actors wearing fake beards or mustaches. It would have been fine on stage. Nobody would notice. But this is a film, folks! Hire actors with beards!
Donít get me wrongÖ I like some ďstageĒ productions. Hell, Iíve been known to watch Masterpiece Theatre
from time to time, I recently caught Bleak House
which was fantastic. And yes Iím sure that Bleak House had a bigger budget, but it also knew the fine art of separating the two mediums of film and stage. No fake beards there. Jekyll and Hyde had no clue. Iím sure this could have worked, and it has, several times before. It is a fantastic story. But the atmosphere suffered a great deal from badly cast actors to awful sets. If I wanted to see the play I would have seen the play. If you want to see Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
rent the 1931 version starring Fredrick March
or any one of the other translations; donít waste your time with this.